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2017 SL Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $29,070
2017 SLE-1 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,450
2017 SLE-1 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,450
2017 SLE-2 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,070
2017 SLE-2 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,070
2017 SLT-1 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,350
2017 SLT-1 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,450
2017 SLT-2 Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,750
2017 SLT-2 All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,750
2017 Denali Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,070
2017 Denali All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,070


The GMC Acadia has an all-new look for 2017, making it a standout among its rivals in the midsize crossover sector. An updated look is not all the latest Acadia has going for it. GMC shortened the wheelbase by 6.4 inches and shaved 700 pounds off the total weight, making it more compact and easier to drive, especially in traffic.

While the cargo volume drops significantly, from 116 cubic feet down to 79 cubic feet, GMC has added a number of nice touches that help retain storage space. The second- and third-row seats easily fold completely flat, and a couple of underfloor storage bins make storing small items out of sight easy and convenient.

Automatic climate control, a 110-volt outlet in the second row, five USB ports scattered throughout the vehicle and a 4G hotspot make sure everyone is always connected.

What's New for 2017

The all-new design is the big news for 2017. It sports a bold new design, a distinctive grill and wraparound headlights as well as a variety of wheel options.

In addition to the new design, the 2017 Acadia is also sporting a new engine and transmission option. A brand new four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 21 mpg in the city comes standard and is paired to a six-speed transmission that is equipped with advanced stop/start technology. The optional 3.6-liter V6 engine with an estimated 310 horsepower is better suited to heavy-duty users who may need the towing power of a V6.

Choosing Your GMC Acadia

The 2017 model year adds another decision that must be made when choosing your Acadia. You will need to determine whether you want a four-cylinder engine under the hood or to upgrade to a trim that offers the V6. The base model SL and SLE-1 are only available with the four-cylinder engine while all of the higher trim levels either offer the V6 as an option or standard equipment.

Every GMC Acadia is nicely outfitted for this price range and includes standard equipment such as a programmable power lift gate, keyless open and remote start, automatic climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard across all trim levels.

Moving past the base models adds standard features such as Side Blind Zone with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist, upgrades the touchscreen to 8 inches and adds in a Bose 8-speaker audio system.

Prices range from $29,995 for the base model SL, up to $45,845 for the top-of-the-line Denali.

The Acadia is available in six trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and the Denali.

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The SL starts at $29,995 and includes a pretty impressive list of standard equipment. It seats seven with split bench seats that fold flat. Tri-zone automatic climate control will keep everyone comfortable and a rear vision camera system ensures you always know what’s behind you. Keyless entry and remote start are a nice touch and the SL sports a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a three-month trial to the service.

The SL is only available in a front wheel drive version and the only accessories available at this trim level are an engine block heater for $75.

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The SLE-1 bumps the starting price up to $35,375 for the all-wheel drive version with a four-cylinder engine and adds LED daytime running lamps, a compact spare tire, front and second row carpeted floor mats, as well as Sirius XM radio.

A cargo package costs $310 and includes a cargo net, integrated cargo liner and a cargo shade. An optional rear seat entertainment system will keep the kids entertained out on the road, but is a bit pricey at $1,995.

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The SLE-2 trim ups the ante with a programmable power liftgate, heated front seats, an 8-way powered drivers seat, silver roof rails and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The SLE-2 starts at $35,995 but jumps up to $39,090 when all-wheel drive and a V6 are added. A $2,000 all terrain package is available that adds a variety of features including hill descent control, leather wrapped steering wheel and black roof rails.

A driver alert package is also available for $790 and includes rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert.

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The SLT-1 ups the luxury factor with leather-appointed seats, auto dimming side and rearview mirrors, an upgraded Bose 8-speaker audio system and a GMC IntelliLink1 with an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen, as well as a Universal Home Remote. The SLT-1 trims comes with all of the Driver Alert package features as standard in addition to lumbar support for drivers seat. The SLT-1 starts at $39,275 with the four-cylinder and front-wheel drive.

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The SLT-2 only pushes the price up a few thousand dollars and adds the V6 as standard equipment. The 20-inch machined aluminum wheels up the cool factor and the heated second-row passenger seats are a real luxury. Low speed front automatic braking and intellibeam headlamps will help keep everyone safe and the standard trailering package with tow vision makes pulling the boat to the lake a breeze. The SLT-2 is loaded with safety features such as front and rear parking assist, front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and side blind zone alert.

All of this at a starting price of $42,675 makes the SLT an excellent buy.

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The top-of-the-line Denali is a luxury vehicle with a price tag to match. It starts at $45,845 and adds a Signature Denali grille, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a hands-free power liftgate as well as a heated steering wheel and HID headlights.

A technology package priced at $1,345 adds adaptive cruise control, automatic collision preparation and a surround vision system. A big selection of accessories is available including a set of 20-inch ultra-bright machined faced wheels with Satin Graphite pockets which will set you back almost $1,800. A fully loaded Denali easily surpasses the $50,000 mark.

CarsDirect Tip

The Denali is a high priced luxury vehicle and while it offers some great features, the SLT-2 may be the better value. On the lower end of the price spectrum, the SLE-2 offers great standard features at a very affordable price.

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Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The auto industry places a high priority on continuity and incremental change, but every so often the opportunity to make a major product move becomes too compelling to ignore. We have an all-new GMC Acadia for 2017 that's seven inches shorter and 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The Acadia wears its new form well; the shift to a more mainstream size and attitude brings clear benefits and gives crossover buyers a seriously compelling option that matches up very well against segment mainstays.

Pricing and Equipment

The Acadia has been completely redesigned and refocused for 2017, going from GM's large Lambda platform to a midsize chassis shared with the sophisticated Cadillac XT5. Your choice of trim level will determine whether you get the 194-horsepower four-cylinder or 310-horsepower V6. All-wheel drive is available with both engine. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 21 city/26 highway for a four-cylinder, front-drive Acadia to 18 city/25 highway with the V6 and all-wheel drive.

Trim levels start with the base SL, which has an MSRP just under $30,000 and includes three-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a much-appreciated rearview camera. The SLE and SLT are split into two sub-levels, -1 and -2, with a steady increase in features (heated seats, leather seats, Bose stereo, etc.) and price (the SLE-1 starts at $33,375, the SLT-2 at $42,675) from level to level. The Acadia Denali (as always, a name sure to amuse folks who collect trail maps) brings touchscreen navigation and plenty of brightwork for an asking price of $45,845, plus fees.

  • A broad range of contemporary safety gear (automatic front braking, lane minders, blind zone alerts, parking assists) is either standard or available on the Acadia.
  • The Denali is a serious contender at the luxury end of the mainstream, featuring the full safety suite and ventilated seats, a hands-free liftgate, and a high-tech Continuously Variable Ride Control suspension.
  • The All Terrain package, which includes some driveline revisions and black trim, is available on all SLE and SLT models.
  • In a clear nod to one of its intended uses, the Acadia's standard backup camera includes graphics to ease the often-frustrating task of lining up a trailer hitch.

Performance Pros

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GMC's clear intention was to create a vehicle capable of battling for sales in the broad middle of the intensely competitive midsize crossover market, and the execution fulfills every intention. The Acadia is a solid, capable, very usable vehicle that's pleasantly suited to everyday driving.

  • Dropping 700 pounds will quicken anyone's moves, and so the Acadia is now a much more responsive and manageable vehicle.
  • Most Acadias will be built with the V6 motor, which serves up plenty of sable power.
  • The radical weight loss provides benefits beyond handling. Fuel efficiency is noticeably better this year.

Performance Cons

  • The Acadia's handling may be improved compared to its plus-size predecessor, but body control is still less than ideal in tight corners and at high cruising speeds.
  • The four-cylinder engine is adequate for daily-driver duty, but strains under any significant load.
  • Rugged looks aside, the Acadia isn't much of an off-roader. Even the All-Terrain package is more aesthetic than functional.

Interior Pros

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GM's interior design studios have been on a roll lately, and the Acadia's cabin is the newest beneficiary of their styling and packaging skills. The driving environment is straightforward and attractive, and comfort levels are high enough to minimize passenger grumbling on long trips.

  • Interior controls strike a very nice balance between touchscreen flexibility and the gratifying feel (and usability) of traditional knobs.
  • The seats are genuinely comfortable for the long haul.
  • The Denali's trim and fittings are upscale enough to feel like they belong in a different, more expensive car.

Interior Cons

  • Adults will not be comfortable for long (if at all) in the third row.
  • The Acadia unfortunately revives a venerable GM tradition of fake wood trim that bears little resemblance to actual lumber.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

It's difficult enough to maintain competitiveness in a market segment; it's another level of risk and effort altogether to mount a new challenge against established powers. GMC is intentionally pitting the new Acadia against some very well-respected and popular rivals, and by every indication it has produced a vehicle that's immediately competitive on its merits.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We know that mainstream crossovers rarely see any off-road duty more strenuous than parking on the grass at a large event, so taking a pass on heavy and expensive off-road hardware is usually understandable. Still, we'd like to see the All Terrain package live up to its name with a more assertive attitude and some extra capability.

The Bottom Line

The Acadia is a serious and well-measured entry into a fiercely competitive segment. It's better matched to both the real world and modern market preferences than its predecessor, and is worthy of serious consideration from customers looking for a comfortable vehicle which can manage heavy tasks in any weather.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 193 HP / 188 ft.lbs.
6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 193 HP / 188 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
79.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
193.6 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
66.0 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
39.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Intellilink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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